Ultraviolet

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Incoherent video gamey sci-fi action movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Violet is a genetically engineered vampire-terrorist-assassin. But she means well.

Violence

Pretty much non-stop cartoony, bloodless violence: Violet kicks, runs over, shoots, and slams her opponents, without eliciting even red stains on their shirts.

Sex

Violet wears sexy outfit; in one scene she appears nude (as a silhouette).

Language

Mild cursing: two s-words, slang for male genitals, "damn," "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes repeated (and repetitive) scenes of video game-like violence, with shooting, cars and motorcycles racing, falling, and martial artsy kicking. Weapons range from futuristic-zappy to old-fashioned. (For the most part, these conflicts don't result in bloody injuries, just "action.") The genetically engineered Violet protects a young boy, the target of multiple assailants. Violet wears very tight outfits; in an early scene, she's instructed to "strip" before entering a security scanner, revealing a shadowy version of her nude backside as she walks away from the camera. Language includes a couple of s-words, slang for genitals, "hell," and "damn."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTyius G. August 1, 2017

Good Recommendation

I think this is a very awesome movie but more like sci-fi violence and pretty much mild language anyway it's good for viewers for teens over 13ish
Adult Written bykrazybeef101 April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byaidanqm1996 August 21, 2009

Comic-book based

Lots of martial arts action. Violet wears a lot of blouses that show quite a bit of midriff. But for teens and adults that love action, this is definitely a m... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag April 21, 2012

Bad scifi flick is violent and over-the-top

This dumb attempt to make a science fiction movie is only one big fail. If this was a video game, it could have been some fun, but as a movie it is pure waste o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Violet (Milla Jovovich) is a genetically engineered terrorist-assassin (called a "hemophage"). Her condition was instigated by a virus, which led to a miscarriage, so she's part angry and part sad. Violet now sports vampire fangs and skintight outfits, with shifting hair color. Her devotion to her boss, Nerva (Sebastien Andrieu), and cause is cut short when she learns that her latest mission involves the destruction of a child carried around in a briefcase. The child's name, Six (Cameron Bright), quite gives away his identity, at least in relation to the man who claims to be his "father" -- evil biochemical genius and Vice Cardinal Daxus (Nick Chinlund). Violet is damaged repeatedly, but has access to a friendly doctor, Garth (William Fichtner), who puts her together again more than once, and pledges his affection to her (even though she's more interested in the child, presumably out of maternal instincts). Still, Violet maintains her hard exterior, quick to take out all opponents and insist the boy obey her angry orders.

Is it any good?

ULTRAVIOLET is incoherent even by the silly standards of other video game-based movies. According to Violet (Milla Jovovich), she lives in a future "you may not understand." But how could you, if nothing makes sense? Shot with HD cameras, the film looks bizarre, as if the entire surface has been scrubbed to resemble the soft filters and Vaselined lenses of old. It's an odd effect for the SF/action genre, but familiar to anyone who remembers Jovovich's Feria hair color commercials.

While Jovovich is an appealing model-turned-movie star, she's adrift here. By the last 15 minutes, it appears that whoever edited just gave up completely, and strung together a series of unrelated shots as an unresolved, hard-to-follow "finale."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ethical or medical problems of cloning and genetic engineering. How are Violet's sense of identity and loyalty to her "community" premised on survival rather than trust? How does the film explain Violet's yearning for a family?

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